With the new rules for the driver’s license theory test set to take effect on Monday, long queues can be seen outside the two exam centres in Brussels (Anderlecht and Schaerbeek) but the Group of Certified Vehicle Inspection and Driver’s Licence Companies, Goca, is warning against rushing to beat the deadline. “Don’t rush; that serves no purpose,” Goca told the Belga news agency on Monday.
Under the new rules, candidates will be restricted to one serious mistake and will have to score a minimum of 41 points out of 50 to pass the theory exam. One serious error automatically costs the candidate five (5) points while a slight error still means the loss of one (1) point. A similar system has already been implemented in Flanders and Wallonia.
“The number of questions remains the same and they are not tougher,” says Goca Spokesperson Marie De Backer. “Coming to do it if you are not ready is shooting yourself in the foot, because if the candidate fails the exam twice, he is obliged to do a 12-hour theory course. A serious error is quite evident: a one-way street is a one-way street. If you don’t know that, you’re not ready to sit the exam.”
Goca has not made any special arrangements for the crowds of would-be candidates. “We do not wish to encourage such behaviour, in which everyone tries their luck,” the Spokesperson stressed.
The centres have stuck to their usual opening hours, 7.15 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Candidates do not have the possibility of making appointments, but register on a first-come, first-served basis. The full exam lasts about 30 minutes.